Laurel Morales

Senior Field Correspondent - Fronteras Desk

Known as “the informer” among her siblings, Laurel Morales came by reporting naturally.

She’s been a public radio reporter since 1998, cutting tape with a razor blade at KQED’s California Report. She traded in her flip-flops for snow boots to work for Minnesota Public Radio, where she received her first digital recorder. But Morales has spent most of her career in northern Arizona where she’s had the honor to witness a Miss Navajo sheep butchering contest, a Havasupai medicine woman’s ceremony, and a group of blind teens hike the Grand Canyon.

She joined KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk in 2011. In 2017, Morales produced a multi-platform project called Earth+Bone about what tribes believe to be sacred and what Westerners consider fair game. She’s won several awards for her work, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for her continuing coverage of the Yarnell Hill Fire. She earned her master’s in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Title Author Publication Date
NAU, TGen Develop Faster MRSA Test Laurel Morales June 15, 2016
Navajo Leaders Want To Meet With Trump, Clinton Ahead Of Election Laurel Morales June 14, 2016
The Costs Behind A Migrant Crisis: Unaccompanied Minors In The Hands Of Traffickers Laurel Morales June 10, 2016
Lessons Learned 10 Years After Northern Arizona's Warm Fire Laurel Morales June 07, 2016
Arizona Warm Fire 10 Years Later: A Cautionary Tale Laurel Morales June 07, 2016
US Army Returns Children's Remains From First Indian Boarding School To Tribes Laurel Morales May 31, 2016
Gangs Take Over Navajo Town Laurel Morales May 25, 2016
Navajo President Calls For More Native Officers In Border Towns Laurel Morales May 16, 2016
Details In Kidnapping, Murder Of Navajo Girl Emerge Laurel Morales May 04, 2016
FBI: Suspect Arrested In Kidnap, Murder Of Navajo Girl In New Mexico Laurel Morales May 03, 2016
Navajo Nation Approves $150 Million Bill To Fund Water, Agricultural Projects Laurel Morales April 28, 2016
Federal Government Points Fingers Over Lack Of Internet Access On Tribal Lands Laurel Morales April 28, 2016
EPA: Colorado Mines Leak Millions Of Gallons Of Mine Waste Daily Laurel Morales April 22, 2016
Senate Committee Will Demand EPA In Mine Spill Laurel Morales April 21, 2016
Long Before Flint: After Animas River Spill, No Water For Navajo Farmers Laurel Morales April 20, 2016
Long Before Flint: No Running Water, No Transplant Laurel Morales April 19, 2016
Long Before Flint: Mining's Deadly Legacy Remains On Navajo Nation Laurel Morales April 18, 2016
Navajo Council Members Call On DOJ To Investigate Fatal Winslow Shooting Laurel Morales April 08, 2016
Judge Rejects Urban Outfitters Argument In Navajo Lawsuit Laurel Morales April 01, 2016
EPA: San Juan River Safe For Recreation After Mine Waste Spill Laurel Morales March 25, 2016
Effort To Save Navajo Language A Labor Of Love To Get Over Past Stigma And Pain Laurel Morales March 23, 2016
Flagstaff City Council Tables Hopi Settlement Over Snowbowl Laurel Morales March 10, 2016
A New App Can Help Determine If Water Is Safe Laurel Morales March 07, 2016
Navajo Nation Funds Water Projects Laurel Morales February 26, 2016
Tiny Navajo Community Initiated Billion-Dollar Settlement Laurel Morales February 26, 2016